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  ATV Operators Reminded to Ride Safely this Season

Jun 25, 2010 13:56 ET

With the warm weather upon us, many residents of Durham Region are gearing up to hit the trails on their ATVs.

Durham Regional Police and the Durham Region ATV Safety Coalition would like to remind all riders that a safe and enjoyable All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) season begins with knowing the rules of the road, including permits, safety equipment, designated ATV trails and Highway Traffic Act legislation.

Earlier this month, Public Health Nurse Lori Ullius manned the ‘ATV Safety Pit Stop’ at Racing Against Drugs at the Garnet B. Rickard arena in Clarington. Lori, who is the Chair of the Durham Region ATV Safety Coalition, informed students how to be aware and prepared before they take it to the trail.

Important tips to safe ATV riding include:
•ride with another machine, especially in remote areas
•wear the appropriate gear, including a helmet, eye protection, long shirt and pants, gloves and boots
•have a safety kit on board, including a flare, flashlight, map and compass
•have a GPS system or cellphone so a call for assistance can be made
•take a safety course and learn to ride from an expert
•know your operator’s manual and ensure that children under the age of 16 are not using adult size machines

Where to Ride:
ATVs can be legally driven on private property, with prior consent from the property owner, and on designated trails. There is only one legally designated trail system in Durham Region - in the Ganaraska Forest in Clarington and you must have a valid trail permit.

To date, only one municipality in Durham Region has passed a bylaw allowing access to local roads. The Township of Brock passed a bylaw to permit the operation of ATVs on open and maintained Township roads between December 1 and March 31. Police can charge riders driving on highways and rights-of-way under Reg. 316/03 of the Highway Traffic Act.

For more information on safe ATV riding practices or the Durham Region ATV Safety Coalition click here or call the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 (1-800-841-2729).

Below are attached files.
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Public Health Nurse Lori Ullius poses beside the ATV safety pitstop (JPG file, 460.1K bytes)
Eager youth learn about ATV safety (JPG file, 502.4K bytes)